#### mike kilroy

##### New Member

So it is -15F here in Ohio this morning! Sure, we have the plastic door zipped enclosure on our EZGO, but a small electric heater would be sweet!

So I checked around and holy moly! EXPENSIVE! So, as a McGiver type of guy, electric engineer, thinking outside the expensive box for a minute, I say to myself: hey - why not just use a cheap 120V plug in one?

The math can be confusing as the resistance of the heating element increases upto 1.5x cold & the effective heating of 120Vac rms is similar to 90Vdc.

So instead, I just applied 38vdc to my 1500watt heater (no fan) and lab supply shows 3.82 amps, and element is at cool 180F. So generating 145 watts of heat...

The heat coming out is prob lower than worth the work of wiring onto EZGO, although here in my 52F workshop, it does feel nice. This heater is rated 1300/1500 watts; has a big long element then a single turn small one; so they get 1300 from the big element + the little 1 turn, or 1500 from just the big one.

Next, I will search around the shop for a cheap 1500/3000 watt unit - maybe I can find one where I can cheat and wire both coils in parallel instead of series to get lots of heat. I figure I am willing to expel 10-15 amps for the comfort and not hurt my mileage too badly...

Anyone else doing this?